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More than a Bushy-Browed, Cigar Smoking Wisecracker –  Groucho Marx

More than a Bushy-Browed, Cigar Smoking Wisecracker – Groucho Marx

Groucho Marx (1890-1977) On October 2, 1890, Julius Henry Marx, better known as Groucho Marx from the famous comedians, the ‘Marx Brothers’ was born in New York City. The bushy-browed, cigar-smoking wisecracker with the painted on mustache (later on with a real mustache) and stooped walk was the leader of ‘The Marx Brothers’. With one-liners that were many times full of sexual innuendo, Groucho never used profanity in any of…
Transatlantic Telecommunication Via Voice

Transatlantic Telecommunication Via Voice

World’s first purpose-built Cable Layer Ship Silvertown, 1901 On September 25, 1956 the world’s first submarine transatlantic cable for telephony TAT-1 (Transatlantic No. 1) was inaugurated. It was laid between Gallanach Bay, near Oban, Scotland and Clarenville, Newfoundland between 1955 and 1956 by the cable ship Monarch. You might wonder that is was only possible to route a call between Europe and the United States before the mid 1950s, well…
What a Brick! – The World’s First Cell Phone

What a Brick! – The World’s First Cell Phone

The Motorola DynaTAC 8000, the worlds first commercially availabvle cell phone in 1983©redrum0486 Mobile phones and smart phones have conquered the world. Billions of them have been sold already and they have changed the world as well as societies. But, do you remember the time, when you had to look for a phone booth to make an urgent call. About three decades ago, times slowly began to change, when on…
Émile Baudot and his Telegraph

Émile Baudot and his Telegraph

Èmile Baudot(1845-1903) On September 11, 1845, French telegraph engineer and inventor of the first means of digital communication code, Èmile Baudot was born. As the son of farmer Pierre Emile Baudot, Jean-Maurice-Èmile Baudot attended primary school and was to work at his father’s farm right after. At the Age of 24, he joined the French Post & Telegraph Administration, where he completed his apprenticeship. He learned to work with the…
Mary Had a Little Lamb – Edison and the Phonograph

Mary Had a Little Lamb – Edison and the Phonograph

Thomas Edison and his early phonograph (1877)@Library of Congress On July 18, 1877 Thomas A. Edison conceived the first idea for his phonograph, the very first mechanical tool for recording and reproducing (replaying) sound. The phonograph also was the invention that first gained him public notice. Actually, the phonograph was intended as a byproduct of Edison’s efforts to “play back” recorded telegraph messages and to automate speech sounds for transmission…
Tim Berners-Lee and the www

Tim Berners-Lee and the www

Sir Tim Berners-Lee© CERN Tim Berners-Lee should know what he is talking about, when he says ‘Celebrity damages private life‘. The person who is considered to be the inventor of the World Wide Web was born today 57 years ago. Everything started with the Ferranti Mark 1, the world’s first commercially available computer, which his parents were working on in the late 1940’s and 1950’s. Tim Berners-Lee followed his parents’…
The Mechanical Telegraph – a French Invention

The Mechanical Telegraph – a French Invention

Claude Chappe’s Optical Telegraph(Museée des Arts et Metiers) On May 23, 1813, the first (modern) optical telegraph line following the mechanical telegraphy system of the French inventor Claude Chappe between Metz and Mainz was established. No, this wasn’t the first of its kind, but it was the first to connect the former already in France established telegraphy system with a (now) German city. Long before the days of Morse Code…
The World Wide Web is Coming of Age

The World Wide Web is Coming of Age

A panel discussion at the first WWW conference. Kevin Altis,Dave Raggett, Rick Rodgers, ©W3C. 18 years ago today, the very first World Wide Web Conference started with a Welcome Receiption at the restaurant of CERN at Geneva, the European laboratory for particle physics, where the Web also started a few years earlier. The Web (or W3 as they also called it those days) was still some kind of project, but…
Dit dit dit da dit – The first Morse Telegram

Dit dit dit da dit – The first Morse Telegram

The first public telegram sent in America by Samuel F.B. Morse in 1844 On May 24th 1844 the very first Morse telegram went over the line. Samuel Morse and his colleague Alfred Vail knew that the very first phrase to be sent with the new telecommunication medium was to be remembered. So what should they transmit? Morse came up with a quote from the bible, certainly well chosen for an…
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